Molly Peterson Environment Correspondent

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Molly Peterson is an award-winning environment correspondent at Southern California Public Radio.

Molly has reported, edited, directed programs, and produced stories for NPR and NPR shows including "Day to Day" and KQED's "California Report." She was a contributing producer for Nick Spitzer's weekly music program, "American Routes," and reported for "Living on Earth" in the Gulf of Mexico after Hurricanes Katrina & Rita. Prior to joining KPCC, she produced a nationally-distributed radio documentary about New Orleans called "Finding Solid Ground."

A former LA Press Club radio journalist of the year, Molly reported on the faulty pumps installed at New Orleans canals after Hurricane Katrina. That project was a finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award.

Molly worked for NPR American legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg during the Clinton Impeachment.

She studied international politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, and graduated from UC Hastings College of the Law. She is an inactive member of the State Bar of California.

Molly was lucky enough to grow up climbing northern California trees and fishing eastern Sierra waters.

Stories by Molly Peterson

Who's working to block the Malibu Lagoon restoration?

No bulldozers were ever expected as restoration work began, despite the claims of opponents.

Malibu Lagoon restoration work delayed

Protesters gathered along the Pacific Coast Highway in the lagoon's parking lot to raise their doubts about the restoration.

Cap-and-trade getting to nuts and bolts in Sacramento

A discussion about how state lawmakers should dole out cap-and-trade auction proceeds is proceeding despite opposition to the premise of capping or trading greenhouse gas emissions.

Railyard diesel soot isn't solid waste, court says

A federal judge has dismissed efforts by environmental groups to hold rail yard companies responsible for pollution under the law known as the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.

Spill at Tesoro's Wilmington refinery may put the oil company on the hook for half a million dollars

The Wilmington refinery owned by the independent refiner Tesoro may pay a fine of several hundred thousand dollars to the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board for spilling a component of petroleum from a leaky above-ground storage tank.

KPCC's Molly Peterson to recount the War of 1812, our teenage war

What do you know about The War of 1812? To mark its bicentennial, starting Friday, KPCC's Molly Peterson will compress the 3 years it happened into 3 months, and blogging about it.

Despite setbacks, opponents plot way to stop Malibu Lagoon restoration project

An appeals court last week rejected a last-minute plea to prevent public agencies from beginning a Malibu Lagoon restoration project. A group called the Wetlands Defense Fund is still suing to block the project from starting.

East LA vet remembered for bringing home Japanese neighbor

Albert Morales recalls how his brother found a 7 year-old neighbor named Santoshi in the fog of war in Japan - and got him back to LA.

Boyle Heights veterans, friends stand watch for 24 hours

At the Cinco Puntos intersection and war memorial, public officials honored the contributions of Mexican American soldiers from World War Two to the present.

Song of the Week, for LA's bag ban: "Bags of Dirt," by the Spin Doctors

Lots of more important things happened this week, but here at Pacific Swell we spent a lot of time on the efforts in the city of Los Angeles toward a bag ban.

LA County: Home to 7 of California's 10 worst beaches

After twenty-two years, the spots that earn failing grades in Heal the Bay’s Beach Report Card are starting to sound familiar.

CPUC approval for net energy meeting boosts solar industry

The California Public Utilities Commission continues to share the solar industry’s enthusiasm for net energy metering.

Movement on bag ban historic?

The council has approved a project to look at banning plastic bags.

Mountain lion shot as habitat problem persists

Fish and Game officials shot a mountain lion trapped in Santa Monica. This is a somewhat sad turn of events if you're interested in the mountain lion population.

How Pocahontas climbed an anchor chain against deforestation

Actor from Terrence Malick film “The Lost World” takes part in a protest in Brazil over the export of pig iron to U.S. companies.